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Old 09-15-2010
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Default Torque-multiplier...on sale

First...I am finally replacing the rear shocks on my FC with Koni FSD. From previous posts I know the rear duals have to come off for clearance....I do have a simple lug wrench with bar...but I am hesitant to try this for 20 nuts.

So, am exploring options for lug nut removal...I might try this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/torque-...ier-65058.html

Thoughts, tips or suggestions...appreciated; Plus I thought the group might have members who are interested since it is on sale.
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Great price but when you go online it says the security certificate has expiered and the address belongs to another web-site. I didn't order it but will stop by the local store and see if they have one.
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I saw a torque multiplier on sale at Harbor Freight once but was some very small car thing.. is this one different?

http://www.harborfreight.com/torque-...ver-93645.html

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I think he means this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/torque-...ier-65058.html



Description of Pittsburgh Professional 65058

Perfect for installing and removing oversized lugs found on large trucks and farm equipment, as well as other oversized fasteners.
  • Use this torque multiplier along with the included 3/4" drive ratchet to dramatically increase torque output
  • Utilizes a 3:1 ratio planetary gear set to convert low torque (maximum 650 ft. lbs.) to high torque (maximum 2000 ft. lbs.)
  • 3/4" female input handles up to 660 ft. lbs. maximum
  • 1" male output delivers up to 2000 ft. lbs. maximum
  • Includes a 3/4" drive two-way ratchet with quick release and blow mold storage case
Input: 3/4" drive max-650 ft. lbs. (900Nm)
Only: $199.99
Sale: $159.87
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Oh kewl.. I have not seen that one. Anyone have any experience with this one?
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If the Pittsburgh Professional 65058 works for our coach wheel nuts, its got to be better than the X-12. The x-12 works great and is a very strong/sturdy tool, but it is heavy to hold up and will smash a finger if not used properly. My buddy was using my x-12 and it got away from him and landed on his finger. I forget what choice words he used...
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I don't know about the Harbor tool, but have had great success with the X-12. Because the X-12 multiplies hte torque by 12 and hte Harbor multiplies it by 3 I would not expect the results from the harbor tool to be great.

Before we got hte X-12 I took a front wheel off. I used a 1" breaker bar because the 3/4" bar just bent. I out a 7' pipe on hte 1" breaker bar and bounced on it and finally got hte lugs loose. Figuring my weight at 200 and hte bar at 7', that means I was putting about 1400 ft/lbs on hte nut. The tire distributor put the tires on with a 1" impact wrench and probably eyeballed hte torque. This plus corrosion etc., after they are on can make them a real challenge to get off with hand tools. When we gothte X-12I went around and torqued all hte wheel lug nuts to about 500 ft/lbs.

To test the X-12 I out it on a lug that was put on by hte tire guys and had my wife loosen it. She was able to do so with no problem.

The X-12 is heavy. I have used it alone and have not had a problem. With my wife I held it in place and having someone help by holding it is a lot easier. What is nice is that if I need to take a wheel off when we are out where no one is around to help, I can get the wheel off by myself and if I want to make it easier I can hold hte wrench in place and my wife can turn hte 'crank.'

With a three to one gear on the Harbor tool to get 1200 pounds on hte nut you would have to put 400 pounds on hte tool. If the nuts are torqued properly to begin with (450 - 500) and haven't siezed up too bad, the Harbor Freight tool would probably work, but it would still take 150 pounds or so on hte bar.

The X-12 is a 'don't leave home without it' for us. Before we got it Good Sam sent a tire guy from Anchorage to Mi 115 on hte Glenn Highway to change a tire. After assuring my wife (I was not there when he arrived) that he could get any wheel off he tried to get one off hte coach, gave up and returned to Anchorage. I would have loved for my wife to have been able to tell him that she would loosen the nuts if he would just exchange the wheels after she did so.

I also like being able to set the torque using 45 pounds of force instead of 500 and being able to check the torque on hte wheels when I have tires installed. Just set 50 or so on the torque wrench and see if it clicks before the nut turns. If not ratchet he setting up 5 or 10 lbs until it does or if you get to 70 (over 700 ft lbs) loosen the nut and set to proper torque.

I like the $200 price tag on the Harbot tool, however, if I had bought it I would have ended up spending over $800 because I would have needed the X-12.





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Jim. I agree 100% with what you said. I've had my X12 for a number of years now and love it. The day we got it, we experimented to see how easy it was to break lugs loose. My wife can, with one hand, break the lugs on our bus. Of course I need to hold the X12 in place, but she can turn it with one hand using the ratched that came with it. I have also used it for other "break it loose" jobs beside just lugs. I wouldn't leave home without it.
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Not sure if this one was already discussed, but here is another torque multiplier from Northern Tool. Are an of you familiar with it?

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5001_200315001

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Looks to me like the same thing Harbor Freight has with a fancy plastic case thrown in for an extra $40.00
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